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Currently there are two bills going through Congress to protect conscience rights, S. 1467 and HR 1179. Both of these would protect religious employers or health plans from having to provide coverage for contraceptives, sterilization procedures or abortion-inducing drugs.

Here is how the Missouri Congressional Delegates stand on these bills.

Contact your congressperson and thank them for sponsoring or co-sponsoring these bills
or ask them to co-sponsor them by clicking on their name and visiting their website.

 

 

 

Sen. Roy Blunt is the sponsor of S. 1467.
 

Missouri congresspersons who have co-sponsored the companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives include:

Rep. Todd Akin

 


 

Todd Akin

Rep. Sam Graves

 

 

 

Sam Graves

Rep. Vicky Hartzler

 

 

 

 

Vicky Hartzler

Rep. Billy Long

 

 

 

 

Billy Long

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer

 

 

 

 

Blaine Luetkemeyer

All photos courtesy of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

 

 

Sen. Claire McCaskill has NOT yet co-sponsored Sen. Blunt’s legislation concerning conscience rights.

Missouri congresspersons who have NOT yet co-sponsored the companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives include:

Rep. Russ Carnahan

 

 

 

Russ Carnahan

Rep. William Lacy Clay

 

 

 

 

William Lacy Clay

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver

 

 

 

Emanuel Cleaver

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson

 

 

 

Jo Ann Emerson

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“Obama’s decision also reflects a certain view of liberalism. Classical liberalism was concerned with the freedom to hold and practice beliefs at odds with a public consensus. Modern liberalism uses the power of the state to impose liberal values on institutions it regards as backward. It is the difference between pluralism and anti-clericalism.”
– Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist

Below are some other helpful resources the MCC found about the Obama Administration’s HHS abortion-drug  mandate.

News articles, editorials and Catholic resources:

Six Things Everyone Should Know About the HHS Mandate from the USCCB

USCCB’s point-by-point response to White House blog post about HHS mandate

USCCB’s bulletin insert about the mandate

The Atlantic‘s opinion column by Megan McArdle, who calls the mandate “stupid.”

Kansas City Star (Michael Gerson’s Washington Post column)

Transcript of Question and Answer about HHS Mandate with Jay Carney, White House press secretary.

Wall Street Journal’s article about the White House reiterating on Feb. 2nd that it would not rescind the mandate.

The National Catholic Reporter — Michael Sean Winters’ article on how the mandate changed his mind about President Obama.

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops’ statement on mandate

AP Article — Contraceptive Mandate Outrages Religious Groups

Washington Times’ article — Pro-life supporters balk at Obama’s new coverage rule

Spectator.org — Caesar Overreaching Once Again

Washington Post — Komen, Catholics and the Cost of Conscience

A Matter of Conscience — op-ed by Rep. Jo Ann Emerson

Rasmussen Reports article on how many people oppose mandate

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Article — Missouri Senators divided over mandate.

Wall Street Journal opinion article about the growing furor over the Obama Administration’s mandate

New York Times’ article — Self-Insured Complicate Health Deal

Watch Cardinal Wuerl’s interview on MSNBC about the mandate and the so-called compromise

 

For all of the MCC’s articles about the HHS Mandate, click here.

To find out where your Congressional delegate stands on the mandate, click here.

Jan 272012
 

The Obama Administration announced last Friday, just days before the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, that it will not change course on its decision to mandate contraceptive and abortion-drug coverage in virtually all private health insurance plans. Ignoring the requests of the U.S. Catholic bishops and numerous Catholic agencies to withdraw the mandate means that religious employers, including Catholic hospitals, universities and charity groups, will be forced to offer contraceptive drugs, including the abortion-inducing drug Ella, in employee health insurance plans.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) decried the announcement and vowed to fight the mandate. The Missouri Catholic Conference is asking its network members to contact their U.S. legislators to support the “Respect for Conscience Rights Act,” a bill that would remedy this unprecedented affront to religious liberty. See the MCC’s Action Alert on the issue here.